Red Bank Republicans and the business community are opposed to expanding the paid parking zone along Monmouth Street from Maple Avenue west to Bridge Avenue, and along a stretch of Bridge, according to reports on RedBankGreen.
Discussion to end a five year moratorium on parking fees in the area was tabled at Tuesday’s Council Meeting due to the absence of Mayor Pat Menna who is recovering from heart bypass surgery. I wish Menna well and pray for his quick recovery.
I don’t know enough about the western Monmouth Street parking situation to opine, but if the businesses and Republicans think charging for parking is a bad idea, it probably is. The wiring for the parking kiosks was installed in 2012 and 13 new kiosks will cost the borough $135,308. $10,400 per kiosk, installed, sounds to me like more of a ripoff than $1 per hour to park.
What is really dumb about Red Bank’s paid parking is the coin operated meters in the heart of the business district located along side kiosks.
I pulled into a spot on White Street the other day while on my way to lunch at our new advertiser, no Joe’s Cafe. There was a kiosk AND a meter adjacent to the spot. Not having any quarters, I looked for the spot number painted on the street so I could pay at the kiosk. There was none, but there was a phone number for the Parking Utility on the meter. (There is actually an utility for this system!) So I called the number to ask how to pay to park in this space. The guy who answered the phone acted like I was the stupid one. He explained that the kiosks are only to pay for parking in the lots. On the street you have to have a pre-paid card, a “smart card” or insert coins. “Can I buy a smart card at the kiosk?” I asked. “No,” he said as if I was really stupid.
Whoever came up with the idea of having both meters and kiosks to pay for parking is either stupid or is stealing quarters.